News From the Middle School- February 14, 2018

February 15, 2018


iReady Update

As you know, Medway Public Schools is currently piloting a diagnostic tool in reading and mathematics.  Recently, your child completed the mid-year diagnostic assessment.  Teachers have already been reviewing the data to inform instruction and we are excited by the information that we have on how our students’ learning is progressing.


We are working with the IT department to customize the individual student score reports so families can see their child’s progress so far this year.  Our hope is that we will have these score reports ready to email home before February break.  When the score report is emailed home, I will send an additional message through our regular means of communication to let you know that it was sent.  The email will be sent from to the email address that is on file with the school.  If you do not receive the email, please first check your spam/trash folder.  This email communication will also include an electronic form for you to complete if you do not receive the email containing the score report.  We recognize that there were some challenges this past fall with emailing the score reports.  Our IT department has been able to make necessary adjustments and we are hopeful that we have addressed the previous issues.   


World Language Entry Points

This year, a sub-committee of the Middle School Council has been reviewing the entry points into World Language study for middle school studies.  The sub-committee is interested in knowing more about how students and families select the language of study.  Please take a minute to complete this brief survey.  It should take less than a minute to complete.


Random Acts of Kindness

February is Random Acts of Kindness month at MMS!  In addition to encouraging and recognizing random acts of kindness during the school day, we are excited to again offer students the opportunity to enter into an essay contest.  We are looking forward to reading all the excellent entries!


Pennies for Patients

For the month of February,  we are collecting money to help fund the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society whose mission is to help find cures and treatments for children with leukemia and other forms of cancer through a program called Pennies for Patients. Each homeroom has been given one large collection box for the classroom and smaller boxes for each student to use to collect outside of school. Every cent helps! Last year we raised over $2000.00 and 2 classes earned free pizza parties because of their large contributions!


Next Generation MCAS/MCAS Testing Window

Each year, all students in grades 5 through 8 participate in the state mandated MCAS testing.  All students are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.  Students in grades 5 and 8 also participate in the Science, Technology, and Engineering assessment.  This spring, we will again administer the Commonwealth’s next assessment model for students in grades 3-8.  Below, please find a summary of the changes to the assessment that went into effect last year:

  • Stronger alignment to the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

  • New types of test questions that more deeply assess students’ level of knowledge and ability

  • Clear signals to students, parents, and educators about readiness for the next grade and college/career

  • Writing embedded at all grade levels; no separate writing task like the long composition

  • Increased flexibility in accommodations at the discretion of building leadership

  • Grade 5 ELA is three sessions long


Last year, we administered the first computer-based MCAS test (CBT) to students in grade 8.  This year, all students in grades 5 through 8 will be taking the computer-based MCAS.  We will be working with teachers to make sure that students are familiar with the technology used to navigate the computer-based assessment and are confident that the use of technology will not get in the way of students being able to demonstrate the skills the MCAS is meant to assess.

The assessment window is determined by the state and individual schools have the ability to schedule within each window of time.   There are a number of factors that go into determining the testing dates and we do our best to provide a testing schedule that best meets the needs of students.  We are in the process of finalizing the testing schedule, which will take place between April 3, 2018 and May 25, 2018.  

Classroom Competition

If it is February, it must be time for Classroom Competition! Students in grades 5 and 6 participated this past Thursday.  Students in grades 7 and 8 will compete on Friday, February 18, 2018!  


Save the Date

Curriculum Night 2018, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:45 pm- 7:45 pm

Please join students and staff at the Medway Middle School on March 28th from 5:45 pm pm to 7:45 pm in the Cafeteria to celebrate the great work that takes place at the middle school and to enjoy some hands-on learning experiences. There will be activities like computer coding‚Äč, constructing architecture out of toothpicks, ‚Äčimprovisational acting, and a variation of Scrabble, as well as several other Allied Arts, S.T.E.M. and ELA activities.


Student Yoga

Medway Middle School has partnered with Community Education to offer student yoga as an after-school activity.  Yoga is an excellent way for students to learn mindfulness techniques, which can be used to manage stress and reduce anxiety.  Yoga is also a fun way to perform light physical activity while connecting with friends.  For more information about the program and to register, please follow this link: Student Yoga   


News from the MEPTO

March 10th - SHAMROCK SHUFFLE TIME!!! One of our favorite days of the year! Sign up to run/walk the 5K with your friends and family. Our 1 mile remembrance this year will be dedicated to Andrea Alves-Bosworth. Andrea and her children are award winning runners in our race for the past few years. We will certainly feel the absence of Andrea at the start and finish line of the race and we would like to make this dedication to her. Please join us and register today. Search Racewire, follow MEPTO on Facebook or email with any questions!


Special Olympics, March 23, 2018

Medway Middle School is excited to be the venue for the 2018 Five Town Special Olympic Games!  Athletes from Medway, Medfield, Holliston, Ashland, and Millis will come together to compete on Friday, March 23rd.  The success of this event is the result of many volunteers and a strong partnership from the community.  The planning team has organized community fundraisers to support the Special Olympics.  Chipotle Fundraiser Flyer

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